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Unit SS MU 2.1

Introductory awareness of sensory loss

To nsur t To ensure that the knowledge and skills are addressed in this unit, it is essential that the n h edg nd kill ar addresse i are dresse unit nit, e sent a t yo become war you become aware of the differing needs of people with sensory loss and how you ecome o h diff r n need eed peo l with ensory os and o y o ca help improv on you wo k ractice can help to improve on your work practices to support and empower them. Ma mpr ou ract es suppor ctic pport pow wer Many ca e roviders care providers or health professionals are not aware that hearin and vi viders ea h rofess ona r o ware ha hearing e e r vision losses osse ar more pre ale are more prevalent as a person ages, and that the threat to indepe reva erson ges, nd a th re t independence a e e and qualit o ife ca be vastating t th co bin lo s of bot h arin a quality of life can be devastating with the combined loss of both heari g and vision al an tati t sion i even or o even more so. Yo wi l ecom war You will become aware that there are significant numbers of people in the UK who at the here he ignificant numbers of people t UK wh m s ho h ve ensory ss. hi ca mean ight oss, ar ng os have a sensory loss. This can mean sig t loss hearing loss or dual sensory lo . This mea dua ensory loss. This ual a hi un t ill ll unit will allow you to have an awareness of the impact of sensory loss on th l you o v a s e impa pac senso los ensor the person. W th single senso person. With a single sensory loss, the person normally relies on the other senses to ingl ens th n or orma el s n the other sens compensate. Howe compensate However, people missing both senses have a unique disability which opl missin bot mis th h e niqu que a i i hich requires pecialist ommunic requires specialist communic on skills alongside ongoing support. uir icatio skills alongside ongoing upport. kl o g ngo port

In this unit you will learn about:
1. the fact rs that impact on an individual with sensory loss and steps that the fac h ctor that mpa n individu dividual ith sen ory los nd eps h nsor loss r can be taken to overcome these a be aken en ov om these he 2. the importance o effective communication for individuals with sensory h mportanc of effec iv commun c t o t n e ive m ndividual i ensory ensor loss loss oss 3 h 3. the main causes and condit ons of sensory loss use an condit ns nd ditio s y oss 4. how to recognise when an individual may be experiencing sight and/or how to recognis nise hen a ind d a ma be xp xpe c n sigh a d/ h d/or h ring loss hearing loss 5. how to report concerns about sensory loss. how ho to report concerns bout n ory l epor oncerns bout r cer

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Level 2 Health and Social Care Diploma

1. Understand the factors that impact on an individual with sensory loss and steps that can be taken to overcome these 1.1 How a range of factors can have a negative and positive impact on individuals with sensory loss Activity 1

Using your senses
On your way to work, consider the following. • Listen to people talking – can you hear what they are saying? • Can you hear any birds? • What colours are flowers in any nearby gardens? • Can you negotiate around obstacles in your way? • Did you speak to anyone on the way to work? Imagine not being able to do these fully. Would this have a negative or positive effect on you?

Approximately 95 per cent of the information about the world around us comes from our hearing and sight. We read books, magazines and correspondence, we talk to each other face to face or on the telephone and we listen to our music on the television or the radio. The environmental information lets us know what is going on – body language and facial expressions, conversations, computer keys tapping, lawn mowers being used in gardens and so on. To understand the world around us we rely a great deal on our senses. When people have any sensory loss, then their mobility and communication are greatly affected. This...
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